The 52 players Arsenal are looking to sign and the 24 who are leaving



By Sir Hardly Anyone

Last summer, according to Transfermarkt Arsenal had a net spend of £280m the third highest in the league.    Arsenal were the third highest spenders that summer but only three of the top six spenders really got much out of the money they spent as this table shows…


# club Expenditure Income Balance Lge pos
1 12
2 3
3 2
4 4
5 8
6 14


What this suggests is that there is no immediate or absolute link between the net spend of clubs on new players and the league position of the club.  Transfers in can of course help – but they are not a guarantee of success.  

But still the media can think of nothing else, so here to keep track on their fantasies is the latest update on transfer rumours for players coming to and leaving Arsenal.  52 players have been tipped, and in the last decade the percentage of rumours turning out to be true ranges between 2% and 3%. 

With three out of 52 we are currently running close to 6% accuracy, an all time record, which either means the journalists are asleep at the pub, or else Arsenal are going to exceed all previous levels of transferring.  I suspect it is the former: Arsenal clearly need more rumours.


No Player Position From  Sources No of reports
1 Ilias Akhomach Forward Barcelona Football Express 1
2 Julian Alvarez Forward Man City FFC  The Top Flight 2
3 Marco Asensio Right wing Real Madrid Metro, HITC 2
4 Nicolò Barella Midfield Inter Milan An alternative to Rice FFC and again HITC 3
5 Harvey Barnes Winger Leicester FoLo 1
NEW Mika Biereth Striker TBR – will go on loan 1
Update Sacha Boey. Defender Galatasaray HITC  GMS FFC 3
Update Bitello Midfield Grêmio SportWitness, FFC 2
9 Moises Caicedo Def midfield Brighton Fo-Lo  Give Me Sport  Terms Agreed – Mirror  Sports Bible, Arsenal Station Telegraph  AFC pulled out  FoLo – its now unlikely  To Chelsea AFC still on  GMS  TBR 12
10 Joao Cancelo Full back Manchester City On loan with Bayern.  Sky Football Talk  GiveMeSport – it will be difficult FFC  Football Talk   “Agreed” FoLo  HITC  FFC TBR GivemeSport 10
11 Timothy Castagne Right back Leicester City Leicester having a fire sale  Modest price 2
12 Federico Chiesa Forward Juventus TBR 1
NEW Axel Disasi Defender Monaco Express Weallfollow, Manchester Evening News 3
14 Moussa Diaby Winger Bayer Leverkusen Football Talk  Arsenal in the lead  Team Talk.  No its Villa (Hitc) and Birmingham World   F365  TBR FFC 8
15 Ivan Fresneda Defender Valladolid. FFC FFC (again) 2
16 Jeremie Frimpong Right back Bayer Leverkusen London World 1
17 Serge Gnabry Midfield Bayern Munich FoLo 1
18  Wilfried Gnonto Winger Leeds FoLo 1
19 Arda Guler Forward Fenerbahce Football Fan Cast 1
20 Ilkay Gundogan Midfield Manchester City Evening Standard   GivemeSport  Hard Tackle TBR TBR (2) Telegraph 7
SIGNED Kai Havertz Attacking midfield Chelsea TheRealChamps  3 Added MinutesTBR HITC  Henry says he’s worth it  FoLo Football Fancat Bayern want him  HITC  Chelsea say no  90min  EPL Index  Team Talk  HITC  Chelsea want £70m  Goal- he’s going to Bayern   AFC leading  Compared to Bergkamp Caught Offside (He chooses his number) It’s done and its weird (FFC)  It would be a mistake (Last Word) Having a medical HITC  Get Football FFC 25
22 Goncalo Iancio Centre half Sporting Lisbon Metro F365 Metro (again) 3
23 Brennan Johnson Wing Nottingham Forest HITC 1
24 N’Golo Kante Defensive midfield Chelsea Telegraph 1
NEW Mohammed Kudus. Attacking midfield Ajax FoLo 4th Official  FFC 3
NEW Khvicha Kvaratskhelia Wing Napoli HITC 1
Update Romeo Lavia Defensive midfield Southampton TBR Arseblog Team Talk FFC The Top Flight  Deal done (Just Arsenal News) TBR   Going to Liverpool but prefers Arsenal (Team TalkArsenal Station Teamtalk  Express  Team Talk (4th review) No its not on: Football League World  Just starting (Rousingthekop) Inside Futbol  GivemeSport  And GivemeSport again.  19
NEW Douglas Luiz Midfield Aston villa HITC – Tottenham also want him 1
29 Maddison Attacking midfield Leicester Mirror 1
30 Sergej Milinkovic-Savic Midfield Lazio Goal.  Maybe Saudi bound (HITC) 2
31 Mason Mount Midfield Chelsea Telegraph 1
32 Kylian Mbappe Forward PSG TBRTeam Talk   £100m fee (TBR) 3
33 Ethan Nwaneri Attacking midfield EPLIndex (He played v Brentford aged 15) 1
NEW Michael Olise Midfield Crystal Palace TBR, HITC FFC 3
35 Amadou Onana Defensive midfield Everton Telegraph 1
36 Benjamin Pavard Defender  Bayern Munich FFC 1
NEW Raphinha Forward Barcelona FFC 1
38 Adrian Rabiot Midfield Juventus Sports Mole – no its Man U or Newcastle (Caught offside) 3
NEW David Raya Goal Brentford HITC, TBR, Arseblog  Mirror TeamTalk HITC (2) TBR (2) Last Word 8
SIGNED Declan Rice Defensive midfield West Ham Football London, Sun., Metro  Football Talk.   “Terms agreed” Football Transfers.  Going to Man U, 4th Official  Shoot  Give Me Sport.  Mirror (“it’s on”)  It will happen soon (HITC)  Bid Made (HITC)   Going to Chelsea (TBR) Quick move to AFC (Give me sportThe Top Flight  AFC offer too low   Going to Man C.  Not Arsenal  Mailonline Going to AFC (TBR).  WHU Unhappy (Le Grove) 22
41 Alexis Sanchez Forward Marseille The Sun Football 365 (player has called Arteta) 2
42 Savio Right Wing Troyes TBR 1
43 Xavi Simons Forward PSV Hard Tackle   TBR – it’s happening. Mirror  Caught offside – a loan deal.  Express  Caught offside 6
44 Dominik Szoboszla Attacking midfield RB Leipzig Daily Canon 1
45 Mehdi Taremi Striker Porto HITC 1
46 Youri Tielemans Midfield Leicester City HITC Telegraph 2
SIGNED Jurrien Timber Defender Ajax FFC ESPN Caught Offside FoLo TBR  AFC have advantage (Sports Bible) Give me Sport  Sports Mole   He signed (TBR) 9
48 Dusan Vlahovic Forward Juventus €80m  Calciomercatoweb,Telegraph 2
Update Elye Wahi Forward Montpellier Caught Offside; Sport Witness Express HITC 4
50 Kyle Walker Right back Man City Football Fancast The Top Flight 2
51 Nico Williams Forward Athletic Bilbao TBR 1
52 Wilfried Zaha Wing Crystal Palace Football 365 1


And the 24 players that are said to be leaving Arsenal.

Folarin Balogun, Kieran Tierney, Eddie Nketiah, Nicolas Pepe, Nuno Tavares, Albert Sambi Lokonga, Auston Trusty, Cedric Soares and Rob Holding will all be sold to raise £127m.  So far only one player has been sold, four have been released.

No Player To Notes No
Update Balogun Crystal Palace, Chelsea, Juventus, InterMilan TBR  Just Arsenal .  FoLo  FoLo again (to Leipzig).  And again!  TBR (again ) Metro  Culto (to Inter) F365 Get Football  Mail Online  EPL Index (to Inter) Chelsea Chron  Express Caught Offside  Goonertalk F365  Sport Witness, Last Word FoLo TBR (Inter) 21
2 Gabriel PSG PSG Talk. Hard Tackle 2
3 Okonkwo or Hein ? FoLo; one of the keepers will go 1
4 Rob Holding Besiktas First offer rejected: Mirror 1
5 Kaleel Green ? Arsenal youth 1
6 Joel Ideho Arsenal youth 1
7 Jorginho AC Milan or Napoli Sportsmole 1
8 George Lewis Norwegian club Daily Canon 1
NEW Albert Sambi Lokonga Burnley Hard Tackle, Caught Offside 2
10 Ainsley Maitland Niles Released Multiple reports 1
11 Marquinhos Going on loan TBR 1
NEW Martinelli PSG To be “offloaded” in a deal to bring in Mbappe (FFC) 1
Update Nketiah West Ham Hammers News   He’s worried about his future (Just Arsenal).  Questioning his future (Metro) and Mirror   FoLo 4
14 Martin Odegaard PSG FoLo 1
15 Mazeed Ogungbo Barrow Transfer confirmed for 20 year old  FL World 1
16 Thomas Partey Two undisclosed Serie A clubs or Saudi Just Arsenal  Just Arsenal (again)  Team Talk (to Saudi) Express  Team Talk (again).  Express (again) 7
17  Pépé ??? TBR  TeamTalk: AFC may terminate contract 2
18 Emile Smith Rowe WHU HITC  Not leaving: (Teamtalk) 2
19 Mathaeus Roberts Released Talk Sport 1
20 Matt Smith Released Arsenal youth 1
21 Tom Smith Released Gazette News 1
Update Tierney Newcastle, Celtic Mirror And Mirror again   TBR  Newcastle World. TeamTalk  Not going anywhere.  TBR  FFC (to Newcastle) To Celtic (Daily Record), Mirror (again) Football Scotland  4th Official (to Newcastle) 13
New Matt Turner Nottm Forest Talksport CBS, TBR  3
24 Xhaka SOLD FoLo 1


4 Replies to “The 52 players Arsenal are looking to sign and the 24 who are leaving”

  1. As I noted in the last update. Players to be sold: number 3 and number 16 are identical. Just thought you’d like to know 🙂

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